Epic Bastille Day celebrations can be found in the few days leading up to this French national holiday.
The most famous of these events are the Firemen’s Balls that are held throughout Paris. The majority of the firehouses open their doors on July 13th and July 14th and host parties for the public. Many of these epic events are free to attend with a suggested donation. Funds raised go toward better living conditions for the firefighters as firehouses are often buildings with significant historical importance which can be expensive to maintain and restore. Today, firefighters in Paris are the experts in emergencies, disasters, accidents, and victim aid. Parisian firefighters are popular and well-respected so the community comes out in droves to celebrate with them on the eve of Bastille Day. Unless you’re on a VIP list, however, be prepared to wait in line for numerous hours before entry.
On the morning of Bastille Day, there is an impressive military parade that takes place along the Avenue des Champs Elysees. Spectators can enjoy flyovers by military aircraft, mounted troops, motorized military vehicles, and hundreds of troops on foot. There are numerous premier vantage points for viewing, but you’ll want to contact your tour company early as many of these are reserved for paying guests and sell out quickly.
Symphony and Fireworks
The lawn of the Eiffel Tower is the best location to view the spectacular fireworks show and enjoy the live symphony performance. Plan to arrive well in advance so that you can choose a good viewing spot. If the thought of the crowd seems overwhelming, consider watching this spectacular Bastille Day display from a cruise boat on the Seine.
Join in these epic celebrations to maximize your Bastille Day experience in Paris. Contact Bastille Day Tours for all of the best insights and tips for enjoying the best of these festivities!